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Friday, April 22, 2016, is Earth Day. This year’s theme is: Trees for the Earth

It is a day our attention is directed to promoting ecology concerns and respect for life on the planet, as well as to the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. Earth Day began in 1970 and there is a current focus on planting trees.

  • Trees help with climate change. They absorb CO2 from our atmosphere. In
  • one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by
  • driving the average car 26,000 miles.
  • Trees help us breathe clean air. Trees are able to filter the air and trap particulate matter in their leaves.
  • Trees help communities. Trees provide food, energy (heat) and income from forest-related industry.

See more at:

Eleanor McCloskey for JPIC


On Sunday, April 17, the Church will celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. On this day, we are invited to join our CND Community to "pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest," Mt. 9:38

Joan Marie Chaisson, CND

Post Forum

I returned from the Joan Chittister and Diarmuid O'Murchu workshop last weekend in Oakville with renewed energy and exited by the enthusiasm of the other 450 who attended - but also with the beginnings of a bad cold. So I am only now taking the time to say "Thank you" for this great opportunity. One thing that will stay with me is the conviction that My God is so much 'larger' than I ever envisioned. The image 'cosmic' has more meaning for me now. I know why Pope Francis designated this year a Year of Mercy - for everyone. It was great to see so many Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates present. Kay Duffin, CND

Dawson Peace Initiative 

Following the path begun by Marie Hagen when she was local leader of the mother house community, Bineta Ba, CND Social Justice Coordinator and I are trying to maintain a relationship with some folks at Dawson College. Our contact is Chris Adams, a professor who is absolutely on fire with love for the students and for nature. His own words give an idea: “The Living campus theme here is developing very well. Our motto is ‘reconnecting people, community and Nature’ and it is working. We are using a Nature as Mentor theme and the UN Earth Charter that clearly states we need a future of (1) respect for all life (2) ecological integrity (3) social & economic justice (4) democracy, peace and non-violence. I know you are very familiar with these concepts in all of the good work CND does for the world.”

With Marie, many of us remember the horrible event at Dawson in September of 2006. How staff and students responded non-violently is amazing!! Ten years later, they are asking us to participate in their peace initiative.

A message from Megan Jutras, a student who works with Chris, tells us their website to collect peace messages from around the world is now up and running. This project was created by Dawson students wishing to show the world that they took back their school in a positive and powerful way. The goal is to collect 10,000 peace messages. If you could distribute this message to anyone interested within your network, I would appreciate it. We are close to 1000 messages already!

Let’s take a moment to visit their website and join the students in this peace initiative!! Thank you!

Maura McGrath, CND

Refugee News 

The urgent plight of Syrian refugees is no longer a nightly news event, but the needs continue nonetheless. Religious across the country have been responding. At the last CRC JPIC Atlantic meeting there were reports of Communities being involved in everything from donating and leasing houses and convents for lodging to collecting clothing and furniture, sponsoring refugees and making financial contributions. The CRC has posted a listing of all activities in support of Syrian Refugees on their website. You can view it at: It is very encouraging to see such a wide variety of activity.

Visitation Province sisters and associates are also significantly involved in supporting the Syrian refugees. I encourage everyone to send summaries of their activities to the CRC to be posted. This current activity flows from our long history of dedication to refugees and newcomers in service and advocacy. Read an Embassy Magazine feature article on the work of Sr. Maureen Killoran, complete with pictures

and a letter to the editor by Sr. Maura McGrath published in the Toronto Star:

Monica Lambton, JPIC





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